App Tool Helps Patients Track Opioid Use, Understand Risks

Toronto Rehab, University Health Network recently announced the launch of a new, first-of-its-kind app to help patients suffering from chronic noncancer pain track their opioid use and measure pain levels to assist with the safe use of opioids. The My Opioid Manager (MyOM) app helps patients understand the side effects and risks of opioids; track their pain and opioid use; and easily share information about their chronic pain with their health providers. The app builds on the Opioid Manager, which helps doctors decide whether to prescribe opioids and makes it easier to monitor their patients.

The MyOM app is interactive, allowing patients to create pain diaries, use body maps to visualize and outline pain intensity, and measure changes in their pain through questionnaires. These tools can help empower patients to engage in decision-making with their healthcare team. Amy Robidas, RN, Toronto Rehab, and codeveloper of the app observed “There can be a lot of stigma around opioid use. This is a tool that can help patients develop trust with their physician and allow for more time to discuss questions and concerns and set functioning goals.” MyOM is a free smartphone app available through the iTunes Store and Google Play for iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android devices.

Read more about the new app here.

 

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